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I’m almost done writing what should be book # 2 in the Stranger Creatures series. I’m writing each book to be read as a standalone with no major cliffhangers. The one I’m working on now will probably be novella length and will feature a tall, brawny bear shifter who’s got it bad for a smart sexy woman. The problem? Shayla’s his boss. When she starts to return his heated looks, Grant decides it might be time to take things out of the professional zone. Will it be worth the risk?
Derrick from my novel Wolf’s Challenge gets a character interview with Ember Rain Winters!
Thank you so much for joining us today! Please introduce yourself! Tell us who you are and what you do! Are you the main character in the story or a supporting role? What do you do for a living? How old are you?
1.Tell us about your story. What is it about and what role do you play?
Hey all. My name is Derrick Porter. I’m a business lawyer, recovering workaholic, and most importantly, a shifter wolf. I live in Great Oaks, Virginia. My story began when I fell for a fiery, red-headed artist named Sydney who wanted to keep me in the friend zone. She didn’t know I was a wolf shifter, didn’t really know me at all, but she was convinced I was a player. My main goal in Christina Lynn Lambert’s debut novel Wolf’s Challenge was to convince Sydney she would be the only woman for…
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Sydney (the heroine and love interest of sexy wolf shifter Derrick in my debut novel, Wolf’s Challenge) did a character interview with A.S. McGowan. Learn more about Sydney and see my answers to a game of “would you rather”. Thanks to McGowan for the taking the time to interview us! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/authorasmcgowan/posts/1852185268381257
Gorgeous Derrick looks like trouble. Single mom Sydney doesn’t have time for trouble. Her plan-ignore Derrick. Derrick’s plan-make it impossible for Sydney to ignore him. Here’s a little taste from Wolf’s Challenge:
Sydney sat in the conference room at Brass Cat Advertising, sipping her coffee and wishing the caramel latte could take her to an alternate reality. One where Derrick Porter wasn’t sitting in front of her. His presence had caught her off guard. Sydney took another sip of her coffee as she tried not to stare stupidly, but holy chocolate-covered cherries, the man was hot.
Dark hair and eyebrows made a striking contrast against his strong bone structure and fair skin. His lips, good grief. They looked so soft. Derrick’s long, lean body fit nicely in a suit. The material stretched over his broad shoulders and came in at the waist. He probably had amazing six-pack abs.
When they’d met that Saturday in running group, it hadn’t merely been the fog coupled with Sydney’s exhaustion and two-year streak of celibacy that had made Derrick appear so handsome. Even under the bright lights of the conference room, he was gorgeous. What rotten luck that she couldn’t seem to get away from him.
Copyright © Christina Lynn Lambert
Creativity, writer’s block, success in finding a publisher, the marketing learning curve (and is it ever steep!), writer’s block, critics and haters, and some more creativity have all marked the path of my unexpected writing journey. There’s probably some more writer’s block in the near future which I will handle ridiculously well by procrastinating.
So, critics and haters – there’s always gonna be a few. Not everyone can like your work, your appearance, your life choices, your attitude, etc. When you’re a writer, people get to tell you crappy things on public forums. Also, you get to hear nice things. We all hear good things from people, the trick is to not let those good things be forgotten, don’t let the negative things people say make you forget why you are who you are and why you do what you do.
For me, part of the fun of being a writer is that I get to create characters I love (and some that I love to hate) and then drag them through doubt and difficulty, love, fear, tragedy, and triumph. The hell of being a writer is that some days I think everything’s all been done and wonder what there could possibly be to add into a sea of ideas already churning. Or the most fun question of all – what if I finish writing this chapter and it stinks? Or what if I go in the wrong direction? Then, in a few days, I remember that, yeah, the basics have all been done but I can still spin something completely new and wonderful. And if the chapter I’m writing bites, then I can go back and write another. I’ve done it before and I’ll do it again. Remembering this makes the words come a little easier for me.
The words don’t just come to me in a dream (though the ideas sometimes do). Sometimes creating a scene is like trying to breathe through a filter of water and broken glass. Other times, the sky is dark, the house is quiet, and I’m still writing, still trying to move my hand fast enough to capture the thoughts burning through my mind. Always, though, my intent is to weave some measure of hope into the stories I tell. I like to give the characters some reason to keep going. Hope is what so many of us need out of life, some reason to keep going.
Marketing an e-book? Yeah, I was clueless about that aspect a few months ago when my debut novel Wolf’s Challenge was released. Marketing on a tiny budget and tight schedule takes a fair amount of creativity, luck, and more creativity. Also, a lot of time. Fortunately, when I’m stuck on a scene for book number two, I can procrastinate by working on my advertising campaign and see how far I can stretch $20.
Some readers like what I write. Some people think my work needs to be thrown through the wood chipper then incinerated. For all the writers, artists, and entrepreneurs out there, don’t give up! There are so many curves even in the beginning of the journey but patience, time, and a heart fortified by nails, railroad ties, and bulletproof glass can help along the crazy road.